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  • Professor of Neurology
  • Division Chief – Precision Medicine and Neurogenetics
  • Clinical Specialty – Movement Disorders

It didn’t take me long as a physician-scientist to realize that patients are the best teachers. My job is connecting that clinical experience with research to make progress understanding and treating neurological disorders. This work is a team sport: the best progress happens when interdisciplinary academic teams have strong authentic ties to both the patient/family communities and our colleagues in and out of academia.

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Clinical and translational research in movement disorders with a special interest in genetically based therapeutics.
  • Advancing interdisciplinary care in movement disorders, particularly Huntington disease, tremor, dystonia, ataxia, Parkinson disease and parkinsonisms.
  • Interaction of phenotypes and genetic risks in neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Impact of essential tremor phenotyping on progress in clinical care and genetic risk factor discovery.
  • Building holistic transdisciplinary care resources integrated across the full lifespan for patients and families affected by neurogenetic disorders.
  • Making UNC research teams and North Carolina patient communities active drivers of the latest genetic therapeutic clinical trials.

Certifications

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Education/Training

Degrees

  • Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR)
    Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2007 – 2012
  • Doctor of Medicine
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1988 – 1996
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Neuroscience
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1988 – 1996
  • CPGS Certificate of Postgraduate Study (Masters), Engineering,
    Cambridge University, England UK, 1987 – 1988
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biophysics
    The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland, 1984 – 1987

Residency

  • Chief Resident/Resident, Partners Program, Neurology
    Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Boston, Massachusetts, 1999 – 2000
  • Resident, Partners Program, Neurology
    Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Boston, Massachusetts, 1997 – 1999
  • Intern, Internal Medicine
    Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, 1996 – 1997

Fellowship

  • Movement Disorders Fellow
    Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2000 – 2001

Links

Claudia Testa, MD, PhD